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'Planet Earth II' Captures The World’s Smallest Snakes On Camera For The First Time

Hamish Kilburn

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'Planet Earth II' Captures The World’s Smallest Snakes On Camera For The First Time

Planet Earth II is every bit as tense as we thought it would be. Capturing life's natural highs and lows, last week's episode dominated conversation on social media as the murderous racer snakes feasted on marine iguana hatchlings.

The BBC, which may now have created a new-found phobia of snakes for a lot of people, has released another clip that shows the slithering reptiles in a difference light.

Rare footage shows one of the world's smallest snakes. The threadsnake is described as "slim as spaghetti and shorter than a pencil."

Remind you of anyone?

Ha, tag a mate.

Anyway, it was filmed on the Caribbean Island of Martinique, although it spends much of its time beneath the ground hiding from larger predators.

Don't be fooled by its size though, under the microscope it's a ferocious little creature. Well, to ants they are anyway.

The Planet Earth II team are thought to be the first to capture the blind reptiles' feeding behaviour on camera and it's every bit as disturbing as racer snakes attacking.

The footage shows the serpents making the most out of their tiny frame by borrowing into an ants nest. Although the adult ants are too big for the snake's small jaws, the eggs are no match for the snakes and there are plenty of them to go round.

Whoever said that size mattered, anyway?

Featured image credit: BBC Earth

Topics: BBC, Planet Earth, Snakes, Nature

Hamish Kilburn
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